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Courtney Act responds to RuPaul transphobia accusations

Courtney Act responds to RuPaul transphobia accusations

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 26 May 2014 12:54 Written by // Cec Busby

Drag queen RuPaul has come under fire in the past week for the use of the words ‘trannie’ and ‘she-mail’ during the popular cable show RuPaul's Drag Race. Local drag queen Courtney Act, a contestant on the show, has responded to the controversy on Facebook.

Act said she was surprised by RuPaul’s comments.

“I understand and apply in my own life the logic about not giving other people power over how I feel, but I am not 1 in 12 trans people in America who will be murdered,” said Act.

RuPaul has denied any transphobia and defended his use of the word in an interview with comedian Marc Maraon on his podcast WTF With Marc Maron.

RuPaul also spoke on using the word ‘she’mail’  a segment called “you’ve got she-mail” on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The maligned drag queen told Maron there was nothing wrong with the word trannie and suggested those taking issue with it were not from the trans community.

Logo Television, the company that produces RuPaul’s show issued an apology to viewers and a disclaimer that RuPaul’s views and opinions do not reflect the network

Read Courtney Act’s full response below.


Watch Queens of the Week discuss the She-Mail controversy



Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

Comments (1)

  • Cognitive Capture

    27 May 2014 at 10:55 |
    what saddest to me is not only does this fringe clique of trans-hacktivists NOT know their trans herstory.. they don't seem to care to know it either :(

    I love and respect the tranny pioneers.. I look up to them and Im a proud young tranny because of it.

    "Tranny was invented as a term of affection between those of us who wished to live outside the gender binary system."
    -MX Justin Bond, tranny artist & pioneer

    "The word tranny has its origins within trans culture and from people who themselves identified in some way as trans, or were the allies of trans people. These were the people who fought the real battles, who came out of the closet. They stood on the side of tolerance and freedom. These people are owed respect for their efforts and their courage...
    Censoring language censors history. In this case, the history for whom the word “tranny” was and is a unifying word and a step up. Turning “tranny” into a prejorative is an insult to those who stood for the rights of trans people to be seen and heard."
    -Veronica Vera, founder of the first transgender academy ever, 32 years ago

    "Tranny began as a uniting term amongst ourselves. Of course it’s going to be picked up and used as a denigrating term by mean people in the world. But even if we manage to get them to stop saying tranny like a thrown rock, mean people will come up with another word to wound us with. So, let’s get back to using tranny as a uniting term amongst ourselves."
    -Kate Bornstein, tranny LEGEND


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